HATTIESBURG, Miss – Know your food, know your farmer
The Pine Belt has a lot of great services and businesses to offer to the community and the Downtown Farmer’s Market is a great way to showcase that.
There were a total of 25 vendors at opening day for the farmer’s market. It took place at the Town Square Park.
Jessica Hemingway, Market Manager for The Downtown Farmer’s Market said the goal is to bridge the gap between consumers, farmers and local business owners. Hemingway says local farmers have a lot of knowledge to offer to residents because they’ve studied their product. “So we’re bringing the farmer’s to the market so people can see what they have and know where it comes from,” said Hemingway.
Ben Burkett is a member of the Indian Springs Farmer’s Association. He says the organization was started about 35 years ago. He says it’s a cooperative of 33 farmers, “And the thing about it…you’re getting freshly grown produce like what’s on this table, it was harvested this morning.”
The farmer’s market is a good way to boost the local economy and find hidden gems.
The Hub City Service Dog Organization is on a mission to help people with disabilities by providing them with service dogs. They were seeking donations and selling raffle tickets because the service will be free to individuals once they collect enough donations.
Olivia Jones with the Hub City Service Organization says they wanted to help out the local economy today, “We wanted to be a part of the farmer’s market mainly because this is a Hattiesburg run organization and we want it to stay local. The farmer’s market is a great time to get out to the public.”
The Downtown Farmer’s Market will take place every Thursday from until the end of October from 3-6pm. Vendors will be set up at the Town Square Park.
For more information visit this website http://www.hattiesburgfarmersmarket.com/